Sisley : Eau du Soir

Claude Monet

The Water Lily Pond (1900) by Claude Monet

Created by : Jeannine Mongin, Hubert d’Ornano, Isabelle d’Ornano

Date : 1990

Genre : Old school green floral chypre

Concentration : eau de parfum

It was serendipity that recently brought me to Eau du Soir when I opened up my magic closet and went hunting for something different. I’d been wearing a lot of the same perfumes recently (Chanel, Hermès and Jean Couturier) and I was in the mood for something big like Paloma Picasso.  And so when I saw the very colourful box of Eau du Soir, I thought… yesss! … perfect for the dead of winter with the grey skies, the mountains of white snow and the arctic-cold air.

Eau du Soir was a gift from a friend with impeccable taste in perfume but the first person to introduce me to Eau du Soir was Clarisse Monereau.  Clarisse is a French-trained perfume expert who came to Montréal and opened a perfume school but has since returned to France.  (I stand corrected.  A reader tells me that although the school has closed, Clarisse is still in Montréal.)  I had invited Clarisse to accompany me to Tosca at L’Opéra de Montréal and I loved her perfume,  “What are you wearing?”  She answered, “Patchouli oil with Eau du Soir on top”.  Wow!  What a powerhouse and perfect for Puccini.

My regular readers know that I don’t list notes because they rarely tell you what the finished product smells like but I’ll make an exception today.  It’s decidedly a chypre so I’m getting a solid base of oakmoss and patchouli.  The top and middle notes are truly symphonic… a big, loud, complex mixture of rich smells and colours… jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, iris and a flower native to Spain, syringa, which I believe is from the lilac family. Just imagine Aromatics Elixir and Paloma Picasso combined… with maybe some Sisley Soir de Lune thrown in.  Big and beautiful!

Eau du Soir has got great throw and sillage.  It will announce your arrival and hang around long after you’ve left the building.  And, it’s extremely long-lasting.  I went to bed with it Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!  I absolutely love this one.

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  1. Karine

     /  January 14, 2018

    Bonjour Normand, merci beaucoup pour vos beaux textes.
    Je connais aussi Clarisse Monereau. J’ai suivu des cours à son école qui a fermé depuis. Par contre, elle n’est pas retournée en France. Elle est encore à Montréal. Vous pouvez la contacter par facebook.

    P.s. je ne sais pas si vous achetez vos parfums ou si vous les recevez, mais j’ai une bonne 40e de parfums à vendre dont quelques uns qui pourraient vous intéresser.

    Si cela vous intéresse, svp me donner votre courriel (je ne sui sur plus certaine de l’avoir) et je vous enverrai les photos. En parlant de parfums puissants, j’ai aussi Bal à Versailles 30 ml dans ma liste à vendre.

    P.s. si nous nous rencontrons, je peux vous montrer ma collection et vous donner des decants. Vous pourrez écrire sur ceux ci sans les acheter !

    A tres bientôt Normand

    St Bruno

  2. FiveoaksBouquet

     /  January 14, 2018

    Hey, Normand, I think I see a theme in this blog…a love for floral chypres! 😀 Go for it! Eau du Soir used to have a sparkling citrus top note that I haven’t smelled in later versions, but the floral chypre heart remains unmistakable. Other than Tosca, who does seem like a perfect candidate for dramatic rose chypres, I see Puccini characters as leaning more toward lighter florals or floral aldehydes as in the case of Liu, who has her own. This could be a very interesting topic for discussion, perfumes suitable for opera characters in general.

    • Hello!

      Did you recognize yourself as the friend with impeccable taste in perfume?

      I kept reading about the top citrus note but I’m not getting it… not on my skin, anyway. You are absolutely right… it’s been a chypre winter!

      Your comment about Puccini characters is very interesting because I absolutely agree with you AND I originally wrote Tosca by Verdi! Ouch! Yes for floral aldehydes and Puccini… absolutely!

      Thanks for writing!


      • FiveoaksBouquet

         /  January 14, 2018

        It didn’t immediately cross my mind—thank you! While reading your post thoughts of Verdi did pop up, specifically Violetta in La Traviata. Now there’s an obvious direction for a perfume category, with lots of appropriate choices. If I can detour a bit to characters in that opera, my favourite character is the father. After hearing La Traviata several times over the years, I came away thinking if I were Violetta I would have gone for the strong father instead of his wimpy son. Giorgio has the best aria too. I think he could wear something like the original Héritage by Guerlain really well—but I really do digress!

      • Oh boy! Now I’ll never sleep. Way too much food for thought. I am SO responding tomorrow to your comment!


      • Let’s move your idea to a blog post of its own and out of the comments. I’m working on it for next Sunday!

        Great idea!


  3. Andrea

     /  January 15, 2018

    It sounds absolutely seductive!

    • I think it is but it’s definitely old school and for someone’s nose who isn’t used to the classic perfumes of the 20th century, they might find it a bit much… but when you’re wearing your best threads and you’re heading out to a glamourous event… it would be perfect!

  4. Anonymous

     /  January 15, 2018

    Très joli nom de parfum.

  5. Très joli nom de parfum. Merci de me le faire connaître

  6. I’m glad to read a positive review for perfume I like: since it is neither niche nor Guerlain/CHANEL/Dior/Hermes, I don’t see it mentioned at all in the Perfumeland; and it is a good one – citrus notes or not.

    • Oh, it’s gorgeous. In fact, is there any Sisley that isn’t beautiful? I just might take out my credit card for Sisley’s Eau de campagne when the weather starts to warm up.

  7. angello 1009

     /  January 19, 2018

    Hello Mr. Nomand Cardella, hope life is treating you well. Best wishes for 2018

    Sent from my iPhone


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